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Environmental Law Society
Week of February 15-19

ELS Roundtables!

Considering an environmental externship?

Want to make some connections?




Announcing the First of the Spring 2010 ELS Roundtable Tuesdays!


The first 12 students to RSVP for each Roundtable will receive a free lunch featuring a government agency, non-profit, or law firm!


How it works: RSVP to Jennifer Schaffer at, indicating the roundtable(s) that you wish to attend. Then, show up in room 355 to enjoy free lunch with an environmental practitioner, courtesy of ELS. The lunch is informal. If you have questions for our guest, feel free to ask them. If not, just come eat and make new friends.


Please note that there is a 12 student maximum (excluding the ELS organizer), so you must RSVP for the roundtable and be put on the guest list. If you are scheduled to attend, but cannot make it, please notify Jennifer as soon as possible.   


Lunch with a Professional Lobbyist for Sierra Club

Tuesday, February  16 from 12:00-1:00pm (room to be announced before the day of the event).


Meet Jack Darin, the Director of the Sierra Club's Illinois Chapter.  Mr. Darin is a U of I-Urbana grad, and has been working with the Sierra Club as Director since 1992.  He works with citizens, volunteers, politicians and industry to promote clean energy policy, clean up pollution, and free up green space.  Part of his work includes lobbying in Congress, and campaigning for environmental advocates during elections.  Mr. Darin was recently appointed to the Obama-Biden Transition, Energy and Natural Resources Team as an advisor to the EPA, and currently sits on the Chicago 2016 Environment Advisory Council.


ELS Organizer: Melissa Senatore


Lunch with Shedd's Aquarium


Tuesday, February 23


Meet Jim Robinette of Shedd Aquarium


Can't make this event? Don't worry. We will be having four more Roundtables this semester. Look to the record for announcements in the upcoming weeks.

Lobby Day with Sierra Club!

ELS is mobilizing a group of students to accompany Sierra Club on Lobby Day. ELS members who attended Lobby Day last year said it was a unique experience that they really enjoyed.

This year, Lobby Day will be on Wednesday, March 10th and Thursday, March 11th.  
Example Schedule 
3/10:  4:00pm -7:00pm - Amtrak or drive to Springfield
3/10:  7:00pm and after - Dinner and briefing at the hotel.  Jen (the organizer) and Jack Darin (the head of the Sierra's Chicago office and professional lobbyist) will give a presentation on how to lobby, brief you on 3-5 issues, and divide us into groups of 3-4 based on constituency
3/11:  7:30am - 9:00am - Breakfast, meet politicians, discuss bills
3/11:  9:00am - 1:00pm - Hit the floor. We will visit the Capital and Federal Buildings, trying to speak with congressman before lunch
3/11:  12:00pm - 1:00pm - Over 100 organizations, including Sierra Club, will attend lunch together
3/11:  1:00pm - 3:00pm - Calling congressman out of session to discuss bills between votes
3/11:  3:00pm - 4:00pm - Final recap
Adjusted Cost
ELS is working with SBA to provide funding for the event. Depending on interest, we may also hold an ELS fundraiser to suppliment cost.
We anticipate the cost to members will be between $20 -$45, depending on interest and fundraising - a bargain, when you consider the actual cost (below).
Actual Cost

For $70, Sierra Club will offer a shared hotel room, $115 for a single room.  Dinner, breakfast, and lunch are included.  Amtrak tickets are $18+tax each way. However, many ELS Members have offered to car pool.
Cost/person: $70 (hotel, meals) + $40 (Amtrak - no carpool) = $110.

2009-2010 T-Shirt Design Contest!

Submission Deadline: Noon on March 12, 2010

First Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to Publican Restaurant and YOUR design on this year's shirt!

The contest is open to ALL currently-enrolled Chicago-Kent students. This is the perfect opportunity to show off your creative side and your design skills!  You could even win a fabulous prize in the process!

The  fine print: The winning design will be creative, imaginative, and
incorporate the Chicago-Kent Environmental Law Society in some
way.  Designers are welcome to select their own imagery.  A broad color
palette of shirts and ink is available for use in the design. 
The even finer print: All designs must be original.  No copyrighted designs
, logos, or slogans may be submitted.  Team submissions are fine, but only one
gift certificate will be awarded.  All designs must be submitted on or before the
deadline.  No late submissions will be considered.  The winning design
will be selected by the ELS Board of Directors.
For details on available ink/shirt colors, technic al requirements for file types,
 and the like, please email Kate Thomas at or

Questions? --

If you have any questions about ELS, please feel free to email Jennifer Schaffer (ELS secretary) at or check out our web page at


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